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Primary NQT to lab technician??

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by craftyangel, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. I'm an NQT teaching year 5 in Primary school. I'm going through a lot at the moment, I've been diagnosed with deopression which has caused me to be off sick for a month, I won't be back full time till after may half term. I am playing with the idea of leaving teaching as it's clearly pushed me over the edge, (although it may be the school rather than the job?)
    I really want to stay working in schools but not as a teacher, being a lab technician has caught my eye, I love anything to do with science and I could still work in a school (also the lantent obessive compulsive in me loves the idea of the organisation and sorting things!)
    However, even though my teaching specialism is Science and I have an A level in biology, I don't have a degree in science, I have a Primary Education degree. Is chasing this avenue a waste due to lack of qualifications or would it be worth a go?
    Thanks.
     
  2. I'm an NQT teaching year 5 in Primary school. I'm going through a lot at the moment, I've been diagnosed with deopression which has caused me to be off sick for a month, I won't be back full time till after may half term. I am playing with the idea of leaving teaching as it's clearly pushed me over the edge, (although it may be the school rather than the job?)
    I really want to stay working in schools but not as a teacher, being a lab technician has caught my eye, I love anything to do with science and I could still work in a school (also the lantent obessive compulsive in me loves the idea of the organisation and sorting things!)
    However, even though my teaching specialism is Science and I have an A level in biology, I don't have a degree in science, I have a Primary Education degree. Is chasing this avenue a waste due to lack of qualifications or would it be worth a go?
    Thanks.
     
  3. Curae

    Curae Lead commenter

    Hi,
    I am really sorry that you are going through such a terrible time during your induction. I have been looking for a suitable induction school for 4 months now.
    I used to work as a lab technician but I then qualified as a maths teacher in the same school. School lab technicians don't actually need any formal qualifications although many are actually graduates. You are right to think the work is less stressful and you will not take home work and you can apply for a term time only job. However you will have to accept that the salary is very low compared to teaching and the opportunities for progresion are limited ( well at least in the school where I worked).
    Have you thought about stalling your NQT year and doing private tutoring /supply work on a one to one basis in a support role. Do ask you current school for support/advice.
    I really hope you find something that will help you recover from your depression and I hope I have been of help
    Kind regards
     
  4. Thank you for the advice. I have a think and a chat with my mum (who else?!) and lab technician sounds right up my street, I love anything to do with science and the organising and sorting things I love too!
    It will be a significant cut in pay but I'm of the opinion that there are more important things than money. What I have learnt through my troubles is that being happy is worth everything, to wake up in the morning and actually want to get out of bed and start my day is what I want, and what I need.
    If the price of being happy is a cut in my income then it's worth it, absolutely.
     
  5. Curae

    Curae Lead commenter

    Good luck and I agree that being happy is definitely the most important thing in ones life.
    Enjoy the Easter break with your family.
     

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